There’s a bit of magic in this seasonal release from Southern Tier’s Blackwater Series!
Imperial stout brewed with pumpkins and natural flavor. Southern Tier Brewing Co. , Lakewood, NY; 8.6% ABV
I am a huge fan of Southern Tier’s Pumking imperial pumpkin ale, and look forward to its annual release for autumn. (I previously posted a review at Must Love Beer; sadly, that site has since gone defunct.) So when I spotted bombers of Warlock next to the Pumking display at the store recently, it drew my immediate attention. And will again. Because Warlock is the imperial stout companion to Pumking, and I have added another favorite pumpkin beer to my list.
Warlock appears opaque black in my glass, with a deep walnut-brown highlight near the stem. It pours with a generous beige head, fairly thick, that slowly drops to a thin sheet and collar. Aroma is quite similar to Pumking – pumpkin, nutmeg, ginger, coriander and a faint cardamom note. No cinnamon or cloves. I don’t pick up much in the way of roasted malts behind all this.
The beer is full-bodied, with a light, very fine carbonation and creamy texture. I get all the flavors in the aroma, along with some caramel and deep, rich, lightly roasty malt. Big middle with a pleasant bitterness that balances everything out. The finish is bittersweet with some roastiness, cacao nibs, and espresso. Lengthy finish is bitter and roasty with mild pumpkin and spices lingering. Some rings of foam remain in the glass by the end.
Outstanding – if you like Pumking and stouts, you should love this! BTW, Southern Tier’s website suggests using this to make an ice cream float, which sounds insanely good, or pairing with carrot cake. I’m going to have to pick up another bottle and try these ideas…